A series of talks for emerging artists is running alongside the Future Map 12 exhibition, covering key areas essential to developing a professional creative practice.
Exhibiting: just the beginning
Tuesday 22 January 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions represent a highly sought-after opportunity for most artists, offering a platform for promotion, expanding networks, developing a professional reputation and selling work. But an exhibition is a means to an end, not an end in itself. This session puts the exhibition in the context of the rest of an artist’s career, and explores how to make the most of the opportunities they present.
Selling art, not selling out
Tuesday 29 January 6 – 8pm
Many artists may not enter into the arts world to make a lot of money, but they still need to pay the rent, develop and sustain a practice, make new work, travel to see exhibitions and save for the future. This session looks at how you can make money from your practice. It includes advice on pricing and editions, approaches you might take if your practice isn’t commercial, and much more.
The Q-Art Crit
Wednesday 30 January 6.30 – 9pm
The Q-Art Crit is a forum for critical exchange and peer review for visual arts students, graduates and self-trained artists from across London. Join Q-Art’s 31st cross-college ‘crit’ where six student and graduate artists will present work for feedback and discussion. Places to present at Q-Art Crits are allocated on an all-inclusive, first-come-first-served basis.
The concept of developing a career as an artist is great, but what are the (sometimes harsh) realities? How can you afford to live in one of Europe’s most expensive cities, at the same time as following a career that often pays very little? What legal issues are you likely to face, and what can you do to protect yourself? This survival guide for practitioners will tell you what you need to know to keep going as an artist.